Sep 20, 2017

Amazon reportedly working on Alexa-powered smart glasses, security camera

Jeff Bezos of Amazon. Photo: Ted S. Warren

Amazon has been quietly preparing to introduce its first wearable device, a pair of smart glasses with the company's Alexa assistant built-in, according to a new report from the Financial Times. The company is also working on a connected security camera, the newspaper said, citing sources. The camera could tie in to the company's recently introduced Echo Show device. The smart glasses, the FT said, are designed to resemble regular glasses and tether to a smartphone with an audio system that sends sound to the brain via bone conduction rather than headphones.

Why it matters: Amazon flopped in its effort to tackle the smartphone effort with Fire phone, but has been working hard to make sure it doesn't miss another big category of consumer hardware.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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Democrats demand new Russia sanctions over 2020 election interference

Putin and Trump. Photo: Kremlin Press Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Senate Democratic leaders will send a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday afternoon demanding they sanction Russia — and potentially Russian President Vladimir Putin himself — for attempting to influence the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: The letter follows reports that a senior intelligence official briefed Congress that Russia is again interfering in the November election to help Trump. White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien repeatedly rejected that assessment on Sunday, and CNN later reported that the briefer may have overstated the intelligence community's evidence about Russia's goals.